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Jun 6, 2007 07:14AM
I am 55 years old, have two wonderful sons 23 & 24 who are now living with me and takeing care of their mommy. I am divorced, was engaged but the engagement ended with the breast cancer - it was too much for him. (Wish I could have opted out.) He's still around, but in a limited way.
I have a standard poodle who lays by my bed when I can't get up, and is at the door when I'm ready to walk.
My mother died of breast cancer at 42 years old, and I have been vigilant getting mammos and checked.
I was diagnosise June 06-1year ago. Went to see my PCP because my liver enzymes were slightly elevated and going up since Jan 06. She made a plan to repeat them in one month and get an ultrasound, prior to examining me. When she did check me, my liver was filling the entire right side of my abdomen. She still wanted to wait a month for scans. I went home and felt my liver and thought "this can't wait." I scheduled my scans and called her office to fax over the script. After the sono, they wouldn't let me leave until they got clearance for a CAT scan. You can guess the rest.
I was diagnosised with breast cancer June 06 by a liver biopsy for a HUGE liver.
Mammo and breast MRI were negative (neg on 2nd review of films) E & P positive, HER 2 neg. Liver had too many liesions to count. Bone mets in sternum, vertabrae, sacurm, left hip.
TM were 1200. (not a typo)
6/06 Treated with Taxatere & Carboplatin, for 6 doses with Avastin every 2 week and Zometa every 2-3 months.
Liver decreased in size, normal liver enzymes, and stable disease.
November 06 Began Femara and continued on Avastin every 2 weeks,
Zometa every 3 months.
May 07 tumor markers started rising and platlets droping indicating bone marrow involvment. Stoped Femara
and began Doxil every 4 weeks and will restart Avastin with next dose.
I am thankfull for my 6 months without chemo and hair! Considering they didn't think I would make 3 months, I appreciated this year immensely. Planning a dinner party for my friends and family who have been there every step of the way, loved me, and took such excellent care of me.
Looking forward to another year of stable disease and planning a trip to Hawaii with my girlfirends!
Susan in NJ
6/6/2006, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-